With 13 years of experience, a certified massage therapist digs deep into clients' weary muscles to draw out stress and re-limber stiff joints. Sessions lasting 60 to 90 minutes knead backs weary of shouldering too many small children or demanding monarchs, stroke necks stiff from wearing too many layers of formal collars, and relieve hip and knee pain. Massage techniques can also be applied in attempts to treat tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, and recurring flashbacks to awkward clown-school graduation ceremonies.
At Gossip Salon and Day Spa, you'll get more than a haircut, a makeup application, or a massage—you'll get an atmosphere of friendly ease. The staff adopts the original meaning of the word gossip—folks as far back as 1014 used the word to mean a close friend. It was only later that it took on a more pernicious denotation, though it always kept the connotation of comfortable chatter. At the salon, stylists mainly stick to gossiping about new tools, techniques, and products that'll help clients look runway-ready.
Inside the welcoming confines, the stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists chat amiably with clients, consulting them on their desired look and lifestyle before trimming their hair into classic and on-trend cuts or shaping their brows into their favorite parallelogram. They also practice their approach outside their salon, participating regularly in community outreach and charitable events.
Since 2007, the walls at Hudson & Fouquet Salon have been filling up with accolades, from Best of Annapolis and Best of Baltimore. The salon's minimalistic, spacious interior is punctuated by black leather chairs, where clients recline before appointments with a talented team who make hair their sole focus. Their cuts, color, and styling treatments overhaul heads, forming freshly clipped strands into new frames to complement faces.
Vincent Wright snipped his first bang in his uncle’s barbershop in 1963, and that bit of creativity went on to became his lifelong passion. He later went on to study at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, perfecting his styling techniques so much that he was invited to join the faculty. Eventually, he returned to Maryland, where he opened Ascension Salon and Spa in 1988.
And his shears haven’t slowed down since. He and his team of stylists trim, style, and color hair, while their aesthetician allies cleanse skin with facials or paint nails in lacquer, Shellac, or tiny oil portraits of Renaissance beauties. On the spa side, massages knead away tension in 30- to 90-minute sessions and aromatherapy treatments extend calm feelings into the air you breathe.
Amid blush-pink walls, Whit's End Salon & Spa gives its team of stylists 3,000 square feet of elbow room—and they use it to keep their guests feeling beautiful with a head-to-toe menu of services. Hair experts armed with Redken products brighten locks with color treatments, and weave hair into elegant updos or alluring fruit baskets. Nail technicians adorn fingers and toes with coats of chip-resistant shellac polish, while aestheticians erase signs of aging or acne with Dermalogica salves. Waxing, spray or UV tanning, and make-up applications add the final flourish to a new look.
House of Ebbitt’s attentive beauty mavens burnish bodies with a slew of waxing services and augment hair hue with coloring treatments. Exterminate vagrant leg hairs with a full-leg waxing, or sculpt and smoothen the face with a preening of the chin, upper lip, and eyebrows. During a Brazilian wax, one of these seasoned staffers shellacs follicular mongrels with Lycon blue hard wax, a comfortable alternative to the common hair-expunging materials of duct tape and piranhas. Those attending to head tresses undergo a personalized consultation and receive topographical maps of hair growth before clippings commence. Based on personal cosmetic desires and the advice of artisan shear-smiths, styling takes place after privileged locks are treated to a partial highlighting.